Breaking down 20 years of Maranda Park Parties

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Maranda and her team has wrapped up a special year of Maranda Park Parties. This was the big 20 year anniversary; 20 years of bringing free fun to 530,000 kids and families!

Here’s a look at 20 years of Maranda Park Parties by the numbers:

  • 1,825,000 fresh pieces of Michigan fruits and veggies, courtesy of Meijer
  • 1,702,500 bottles of Ice Mountain water
  • 1,000,000 kids through the E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety smoke trailer
  • 530,000 Park Party participants
  • 366,800 ice cream sandwiches, courtesy of Country Fresh
  • 350,000 giveaways including McDonald’s® apple slices, Minute Maid® apple juices, variety of food and beverage guest cards, bracelets, wristbands, flying discs, and kids’ activity books.
  • 265,000 bags of Cheeze Kurls
  • 190,000 free lunches, courtesy of USDA, MDE, and local school districts
  • 132,000 backpacks, courtesy of Priority Health
  • 63,000 free go-kart ride passes, courtesy of Craig’s Cruisers
  • 15,000 slides on the Super Slide, courtesy of Fifth Third Bank
  • 15,000 prizes given away on stage
  • 13,500 milk mustaches, courtesy of UDIM
  • 9,250 climbers on the rock wall, courtesy of Ferris State University
  • 6,100 kids performed live on the Park Party stage
  • 3,067 handprints collected to help fight Global Childhood Malnutrition with Amway.
  • 2,500 birthday balloons, courtesy of WOOD TV8 & WOTV 4 Women
  • 2,500 mini birthday cupcakes, courtesy of Meijer
  • 125 Park Parties (rain or shine)
  • 0 Park Parties cancelled
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